The Reverend Canon
Richard Livingston Marquess-Barry
Father Barry was born and reared in Miami, Florida.
He is the offspring of Bahamian immigrants.
A product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System, he
graduated from Miami
Northwestern Senior High School in 1958 where his portrait hangs
in the school’s Hall of Fame.
Canon Marquess-Barry furthered his education at
Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina;
District of Columbia; the
Virginia Theological Seminary
Theological Seminary, he was the only black student enrolled
during his three years of study (1965-68).
He has served as a Visiting Fellow at the
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
and Oxford University,
In 1995 Barber-Scotia College,
Concord, North Carolina awarded him a Doctor of Humane
Letters degree. Canon
Marquess-Barry has taught on both the secondary and collegiate
He is an ordained priest of the
(Anglican Communion) and has served as a priest for over 40
years. He was invested
as an Honorary Canon of the
Orthodox Church in 1995 and invested as an Honorary Canon of
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
in Miami, FL
in 2001. He was a
finalist for Bishop,
Diocese of Ohio in 1993 and the
Diocese of Southeast Florida in 2000.
He is married to his college sweetheart, the former
Virla Rolle of West Palm
They are the parents of one married daughter and two
In 1977, Canon Marquess-Barry was called to lead
Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church, the largest and oldest black
Episcopal congregation in
Under his leadership, Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church adopted a
HUD project, Rainbow
Development and forced the
Agency to completely renovate the complex.
He combined the tenant council of Rainbow Village and the Vestry of this parish to
form the Saint Agnes’ Rainbow Village Community Development
this organization, eighty two-story, three and four bedroom single
family homes for ownership have been built for low and moderate
income families in the Overtown community adjacent to the Historic
Saint Agnes. The CDC is
also a joint venture partner with the Taylor Development Group in
the construction of a 17-story office complex in downtown
The Canon has always served above and beyond his
calling. His active
presence can be felt in government, politics, and religion.
In addition to his bold acts of faith, Canon Marquess-Barry
is a devout champion for the education of our youth.